Fun Facts and Strange News

Here are some fun facts to help get you through the day and look like the most informed person at the water cooler.

– Before Vegas was known as “Sin City,” that title usually went to . . . Newport, Kentucky.  It became a hotspot of corruption, gambling, and prostitution during Prohibition . . . and stayed that way until the 1960s.

 

–  Wu-Tang Clan were the first rappers to have their own clothing line when they launched Wu Wear in the mid-’90s.

 

–  There’s nothing in the official Major League Baseball rules that forces players to wear hats.

 

–  80% of the population of the United States lives within a two-hour flight of Atlanta.

 

–  During a battle at a park between England and Ireland in 1916, there was a cease-fire every day, so a park employee could feed the ducks.

 

(Atlas Obscura / Complex / MLB / BBC / Irish Examiner)

 

Strange and trending news:

– The average person will go to 11 festive events this winter and spend more than 25 HOURS mingling.  And 44% of us plan to sneak out from at least one event without saying goodbye.  (Full Story)

 

–  The majority of companies say they’re waiting until JANUARY to throw their company holiday parties, according to a new survey.  The main reasons are:  It’s cheaper . . . and there are more locations available.  (Full Story)

 

–  If you wanted to buy everything from “The 12 Days of Christmas” this year, it’d cost you right around $39,000.  That’s up a tiny bit from last year.  The most expensive thing in the song is the seven swans-a-swimming . . . they’ll run you $13,125.  (Full Story)

 

  Here are the names of the kids who are most likely to be “nice” or “naughty,” according to a website that makes school awards and certificates.  The “nicest” kids are named Sophie and Jack . . . and the “naughtiest” are Alexandra and Logan.  (Full Story)

 

–  KFC’s fire logs that smell like FRIED CHICKEN are back this year.  And you can get them at Walmart and on Walmart.com for $19.  (Full Story)

 

–  74% of men say they actually LIKE Christmas shopping, according to a new survey.  And 42% say they’re good or very good at it.  (Full Story)

 

  Just under HALF of people say they’ve been a victim of age discrimination at some point, according to a new survey. Some of the most common ways are being passed over for a job or interview . . . being let go at a job . . . or being stood up on a date.  (Full Story)

 

–  Starbucks just changed its dress code . . . and their employees are now allowed one FACIAL PIERCING.  Before now, they could only wear earrings or a small nose stud.  (Full Story)

 

–  There’s been a huge rise in head and neck injuries over the past 20 years . . . and doctors say it’s a DIRECT result of us getting hurt when we’re distracted by our cell phones.  (Full Story)

 

–  A woman in California was upset with her son’s haircut earlier this week . . . so she RAN OVER the barber in her car.  He wound up with a badly broken leg, and she fled the scene.  The cops are trying to track her down.  (Full Story)

 

–  How’s this for a bad night?  A guy in Ohio got black-out drunk last weekend, then woke up on a random person’s couch with two black eyes and a broken nose.  It turned out he’d been beaten up, then got dropped off at the wrong house.  But he got inside somehow, and now he’s facing burglary charges.  (Full Story)

 

There’s a group called “Trees for Troops” that delivers thousands of Christmas trees to military bases all over the world each year.  This year, they’ll send about 16,000 trees to bases across the country, and overseas.  (Full Story)